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Angry Mobs Formed When 1st Black Family Moved In, Levittown, 1957


Angry Mobs Formed When 1st Black Family Moved In, Levittown, 1957

The Myers family was the first African American family to move into Levittown, PA, in 1957, causing a standoff between some angry neighbors who objected on racial grounds and good neighbors, civil rights groups and the state government. There is a reprint of the 8/16/57 Philadelphia Inquirer account in the 8/3/09 Inquirer at B1. There is a book on the subject, Levittown, Two Families, One Tycoon, and the Fight for Civil Rights in America's Legendary Suburb, by David Kushner, published by Walker and Co. in 2009.


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Location: Home of William Myers, Jr., Family , 43 Deepgreen Lane, Levittown, Pennsylvania, 19055, United States
Listing Category: African American History, Civics Lessons, History
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Created Date: 06-24-2018

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Name : plaquemaster
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : This home was featured in film clips from 1957 on Stories from the Road on the History channel last night. The accounts were both frightening and sad.
Date : 2015-11-21

Name : plaquemaster
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : //www.philly.com/philly/entertainment/celebrities/suburbicon-matt-damon-george-clooney-levittown-20171101.html.
Date : 2017-11-02

Name : Francis Michael Chmielewski
Email : sjkc0072@aol.com
Comments : It was in the Jan. 9, 2019 Philadelphia Inquirer, at p. B7, that Samuel Snipes, the white lawyer who represented Daisy and Bill Myers and defended their home from an angry mob, died. The Myers arrival on Aug. 13, 1957, sparked weeks of unrest, the obituary says.
Date : 2019-01-10

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